Safety & Security

National Tire Safety Week Kicks off Sunday

Tires are the all-important connection between vehicle and road. National Tire Safety Week kicks off this month as a reminder that tire upkeep is vital component in driver, fleet and highway safety, as well as crucial in the continued success of a company.

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Failure to Stop

Some crimes are considered inexcusable. For the student transportation industry, the prevalence of motorists illegally passing stopped school buses that are loading or unloading students fits this bill.

Proposed Mandate for Crossing Control Arms Fall by Narrow Margin

DES MOINES – Delegates to the 16th National Congress of School Transportation efficiently moved through a number of updates to the National School Transportation Specifications and Procedures Manual today during their first full day of work, narrowing rejecting a mandate for crossing control arms.

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Roundup: School Bus Shooting, High School Prank Leaves Students Stranded and More

Two female students were shot and wounded by a suspect who opened fire on a Florida school bus. Both victims were transported to area hospitals for treatment of non-threatening injuries. One victim, authorities reported, was shot in the face. The shooting occurred after an argument erupted over the death of another student that had happened previously. The two victims were not the intended targets. Police are looking for a 16-year-old boy they suspect opened fire.

A Washington State woman has been sentenced to prison for her hitting a student at a bus stop, who later had to have his right leg amputated. Justin Carey waited for his school bus to pick him up when Shaun Johnson drove off the road and struck Carey. Johnson later admitted she was not aware of hitting anyone. Johnson was found guilty of vehicular assault and possession of methamphetamine in the accident, and will serve three years in jail. Johnson will appeal the verdict. "It's hard to believe her remorse is real when she again still doesn't want to take accountability for her actions," said Carey's mother Janette Chumley.

In a senior prank gone awry, 66 school buses were disabled after unknown students deflated the tires. The effects of this stunt were far reaching, Arizona officials report, with several hundreds students stranded unable to get to school and a number of field trips canceled. The damage was also extensive, causing $3,500 worth of repairs. According to Lt. Brandon Bonney, authorities hesitate to call the incident a prank because the perpetrators face "extensive consequences." While there are no suspects, the perpetrators could face two counts of felony criminal damage in addition to charges for the disruption of school.

The National Association of State Directors of Pupil Transportation Services (NASDPTS) is seeking a qualified individual for the position of Administrative Services Contracted Services. If interested, please email your resume to Leon Langley, NASDPTS president at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. 

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